Jackson Liberty Hockey: State Tournament Seed Awaits After Bowing In Dowd Cup By Lou Monaco

Just like the rest of the Shore Conference, the Jackson Liberty hockey team awaits its state tournament fate as the NJSIAA meets for its seeding meeting on Tuesday, Feb 13.

Sophomore forward Zach D’Andrea, junior defenseman Joe Granza, and junior forward Nick Labianca each scored a goal apiece to pace 11th-seeded Jackson Liberty in an 8-4 loss to sixth-seeded Manasquan in the first round of the Dowd Cup at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township.

Jackson Liberty (10-6-2) saw its three-game win streak snapped and is 4-1-1 in its last six games.

Manasquan (13-2-1), which is 9-0-1 in its last 10 games, advances to the semifinals and will host 14th-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven. RFH edged third-seeded Middletown North, 3-2, in the first round.

The Lions are alone in third place (4-2-1) in the Shore Conference A South, behind leader and rival Jackson Memorial (15-4-1, 7-0) and second-place Point Pleasant Boro (11-8-1, 7-1).

Statistically, the top three Lions in scoring are junior Aidan Tolnai (20 goals, four assists), Michael Farinacci (16 goals, 11 assists), and junior Ryan Scott (13 goals, 14 assists).

James Conte leads the team in assists with 17, while adding five goals.

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